3 Lawn Games to Entertain Your Guests

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 13, 2013

If you’re having an outdoor backyard wedding this summer, lawn games are must-haves! Set up the lawn games beforehand and add inviting sings like “May the odds be ever in your favor” or “Let the games begin,” so that it will encourage guests to play. They’re a great way to entertain them during cocktail hour (while you’re having pictures taken with your NEW husband) or even during the reception (as long as you don’t mind them missing from the dance floor). Choose between these fun favorites:

1. Croquet


Photo: Elevate Photography

2. Chess 


Photo: Amanda Lloyd Photography

3. Hula Hoop

hula-hoop-lawn-gamesPhoto: Elevate Photography

Other lawn games to consider: giant jenga, twister or scrabble, bocce ball and horseshoes. Which lawn games did you pick? Share in the comments below!


Top 10 Modern Recessional Songs

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 26, 2013

Photo: McCory James and Jo Julia Ramsey of Elevate Photography

It’s the climax of a wedding ceremony–the moment after you say, “I do”– your family erupts in a wave of applause as you walk down the aisle together to your favorite tune. There are several classic selections for the recessional, including Etta James’ “At Last,” Antonio Vivaldi’s “Spring” or Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March,” but you can also choose a more modern, upbeat one that inspires your guests to stand up, cheer you on and get the party started! Here are a few of our favorites:

1. “1 + 1” by Beyonce

2.  “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros 

3. “Whatever It Is” by Zac Brown Band

4. “You Make My Dreams” by Hall and Oates 

5.  “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz

6. “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + The Machine 

7. “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” by Barry White 

8. “Forever” by Chris Brown 

9.  “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland 

10. “Love Story” by Taylor Swift 

What do you think of these picks? Share your recessional song in the comments below!

Bluegrass Summer Wedding Music Festival in Colorado

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 14, 2013

Nicole & Fred

July 14

Lyons, Colorado


Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Planet Bluegrass is the location of one of our first dates (Folks Fest 2008), and it’s where we got engaged (Folks Fest 2011). We both felt strongly about giving our hard-earned money to a place that we loved and believed in, and where we knew we’d return year after year to partake in the annual festivals with our festi-family/friends.

We are proud that our wedding helped support Planet Bluegrass, which brings amazing music to Colorado and helps nurture talented artists–big and small. Moreover, we introduced 175 guests from around the world and a handful of new vendors to the venue, which we hope will encourage a new generation of festival-goers.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The bridal party bouquets were wrapped in the vintage French Alsace lace as well as incorporated in the neckline of the flower girls’ dresses, hand-sewn into the bride’s wristlet, and used to decorate the dessert table.
2. DIY hula hoops! Our friend Sarah Gagne and her son, Rye Gray, helped us make all the hula hoops. We bought the tubing at Home Depot and using a YouTube tutorial, we cut the tubes into different sizes, filled them with water, marbles and beans; sealed them with a hairdryer; and wrapped them in colorful electric and duct tape with wild colors and patterns. At the end of the wedding, we happily gave the hula hoops away to our nieces/nephews and other children to enjoy. They were a big hit during the wedding.
3. My family made vintage signs using lumber from an old school house that paired nicely with the rustic ranch details, and complemented our western footwear.

3. If you could offer one piece of advice to other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Exercise! Maintaining a regular schedule at the gym helped keep my stress level under control and allowed me to sleep more soundly. My brain was going in a million different directions during the planning phase, and exercise helped me stay focused and organized and get things done without short circuiting or becoming totally overwhelmed. Exercise does as much good for mental and emotional health as it does for physical health, which will truly make you look your best on the big day—both inside and out.

4. Give us the one moment from your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.

Our maid of honor, Liza Hines, delivered a lively and interactive toast that required audience participation. With a 16 year age difference between Fred and I, it’s become old hat for our friends and family (on both sides) to crack jokes, especially early on in our relationship. When Liza said: “Stand up if you have ever made a joke about Fred and Nicole’s age,” the entire room sprung to their feet; everyone had quite the laugh, including us. It was a funny, yet touching moment and I knew that as a couple, we’d proven to everyone that age is only a number. Further, that if you have good friends, family, music and LOVE in your life, you will always be young at heart.

Fall Retro Mansion Wedding in Colorado

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 04, 2013

Stephanie & Russell 

November 3

Highlands Ranch, Colorado


Q & A with the Bride and Groom:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We originally wanted the look and feel of an old house, but we were having a hard time finding one that could accommodate all of our guests. When we stumbled upon the Highlands Ranch Mansion by accident, we knew it would be perfect.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Ceremony: We put very little emphasis on the ceremony during the planning process, but you can’t plan the feeling you get standing up in front of your friends and family and tying the knot.
2. Photography: The day goes by in such a blur, but having amazing images to remind you of the details helps bring it all back into focus.
3. Atmosphere: A big spooky mansion a few days after Halloween, must we say more?

3. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

The best advice we can give is to ignore most of the advice you are given. While family and friends have great ideas and intentions, it’s important to remember that it is your wedding. The details that are important to you should be there.

4. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.

There was a moment right after the ceremony, walking up the driveway to the mansion when we looked at each other, exclaimed “We’re married!” at the same time and laughed the rest of the way to the mansion. Those grins didn’t leave our faces for the rest of the night.